Welcome

We study animal sensory systems and communication, with a focus on insect bioacoustics. Our research addresses three main questions: 1) How do insects sense, and generate sounds and vibrations?  2) What are the functions of acoustic communication? 3) How do ears and communication signals evolve?

 

In our neuroethology lab we use a variety of methods and techniques such as sound recording and analysis, laser vibrometry, neurophysiology, high-speed video, phylogenetics, microscopy, and behavioural genetics to form an integrated view of animal behaviour and communication. We work primarily with the insect orders Lepidoptera (moths, butterflies, caterpillars) and Coleoptera (mostly bark beetles), but have ongoing projects with earthworms, birds, and bats as well.

Professor Jayne E. Yack

Department of Biology
Nesbitt Biology Building, Room 250
Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
K1S 5B6


Office: 613 520-2600 ext.3887
Lab: 613 520-2600 ext.1513 or 1912 
Fax: 613 520-3539
email: jayneyack@cunet.carleton.ca

Lab news

December 01, 2019

New Publication

Previous graduate student Chantal Taylor and Jayne published on hearing in monarch butterfly caterpillars. Congrats Chantal!

October 01, 2019

New Publication

A new publication on the evolution of Lepidoptera has been published in PNAS by Kawahara et al. with contributions by JE Yack as a co-author.

February 01, 2019

New Publication

Amanda Lindeman has published a paper on the mechanics of sound production in bark beetles in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Congrats Amanda!

August 30, 2019

Congratulations

Congratulations to Elham Arjomandi for winning a poster prize for her PhD work on Bark beetles at the Canadian Entomology Society meetings in Fredericton.

December 31, 2018

Congratulations

Congratulations to Melanie Scallion for winning a PhD award from the Entomological Society of Canada, and to Melanie and Chanchal for winning NSERC and OGS awards to support their PhD work.

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Insect Sensory Systems
Butterfly Hearing

Research Interests

Bark Beetle Acoustics
Caterpillar Acoustics

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